Time to update the Three Delays Model from a women’s empowerment perspective?
Acknowledging the Three Delays Model’s historical importance in framing and documenting barriers to accessing maternity care, the speakers will use qualitative synthesis to highlight the limitations of its retrospective use. Findings from this synthesis, alongside data from a mixed-methods study conducted in Tanzania and Zambia, challenge the notion that the Three Delays Model is woman-centred. A new prospective model of women’s health empowerment is proposed, which encourages active discussion of individualised birth plans and effective birth preparedness.
If you would like to read more in advance, please find the links to two papers on the work that will be presented:
- Actis Danna V, Bedwell C, Wakasiaka S, Lavender T. Utility of the three-delays model and its potential for supporting a solution-based approach to accessing intrapartum care in low- and middle-income countries. A qualitative evidence synthesis. Glob Health Action. 2020 Dec 31;13(1):1819052. doi: 10.1080/16549716.2020.1819052. PMID: 33040697; PMCID: PMC7580724.
- Lavender T, Bedwell C, Blaikie K, Danna VA, Sutton C, Kasengele CT, Wakasiaka S, Vwalika B, Laisser R. Journey of vulnerability: a mixed-methods study to understand intrapartum transfers in Tanzania and Zambia. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2020 May 14;20(1):292. doi: 10.1186/s12884-020-02996-8. PMID: 32408871; PMCID: PMC7222428.